Are you Gung-Ho?

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My husband, Gareth, who also has started blogging, is an avid reader and I have been recommending some books for him to read. Bearing in mind, that I prefer short books with a simple pithy message, I thought “Gung Ho!” by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, would be a good one for him to read..

I then thought – he is bound to blog about it once he has read it and so ….. slightly embarrassed, I am blogging about it before he finishes it!!!

This book is a great story about how you can help people in an organisation be motivated. the three key principles are based on three animals and the way that they are in nature:

  1. The Spirit of the Squirrel
  2. The Way of the Beaver
  3. The Gift of the Goose

Let’s look at each one in turn to see how you can apply the principles:
Squirrel

1. The Spirit of the Squirrel – Worthwhile work driven by goals and values

So what makes worthwhile work?

Knowing we make the world a better place with everyone working towards a shared goal. In the organisation the values guide all plans, decisions and actions

Beaver

2. The Way of the Beaver – Putting workers in control of achieving the goal

How do we put workers in control?

We create a playing field with clearly marked territory. Thoughts, feelings, needs and dreams are respected, listened to and acted upon. Employees are able, but challenged

Goose

3. The Gift of the Goose – Cheering each other on

How do we do this, without it feeling forced?

Active or passive, congratulations must be true.  Cheer progress. Enthusiasm equals mission times cash and congratulations (e = mc2)

So, if you are like me and NOT an avid reader, but like learning new stuff, then I hope I have saved you some time or maybe I have spurred some of you onto reading the book yourselves? By the way, it is a thin book and you could probably get through it in an evening!

Here is his blog by the way …. quite good methinks!

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